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Masindi Port Ferry Resumes Operations

Charles Alex Bogere, the Masindi Port Ferry Master says that they conducted series of tests trips and it was confirmed to be effective for full-time operations on the water.
Masindi Port Ferry loading passengers (Photo Credit-UNRA)
Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has resumed the operations of Masindi Port ferry on River Nile.

The ferry has been undergoing six-day emergency mechanical repairs by the engineers.

The ferry that connects Kiryandongo to Apac district through Masindi port and Kungu route across River Nile suspended operations about a week ago after developing a mechanical fault on the ramp system.

The breakdown comes just two days after it had just undergone routine maintenance services.

Charles Alex Bogere, the Masindi Port Ferry Master says that they conducted series of test trips and it was confirmed to be effective for full-time operations on the water.

According to Bogere, the main breakdown that was on the Ferry ramp system has been repaired.

The resumption has excited local traders in the area.

Harriet Atim, 42, a local hotel operator is optimistic the operations of the ferry will remain constant since it has been repaired twice in a month. Atim says her business is often interrupted once Ferry is not operating.

Bosco Okello, a local resident of Kungu village, says the continued breakdown and suspension of operations has been affecting their businesses.

He says that for the past weeks, they have made losses from their various businesses since their only customers are often ignited by the ferry operation.

During the past one week, while the ferry was being repaired, several trucks loaded with charcoal were stuck near the Masindi port trading Centre.

Mark Ssali, the UNRA spokesperson says passengers can now start using this route since the ferry has been repaired and fully operating.

He described the breakdown as normal in their operations.

Masindi Port Ferry is often used by traders from Apac, Aduku and Dokolo districts and passengers from Lira town.      

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